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January 5th, 2021

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December 9th, 2020

SoutheastCon 2021, originally scheduled as a face-to-face conference in Atlanta, GA on 10 – 14 MAR 2021, will now be a fully virtual, due to uncertainties in travel and meeting restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The full virtual event will take place on the same days and times as the scheduled physical event, 10 – 14 MAR 2021.

Technical papers will be presented by the authors in a live streaming format and audience participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time. A change this year for the Technical section is that we will be using EDAS as our paper submission and registration software. This will hopefully alleviate delays which occurred in previous years in getting papers uploaded to IEEE Xplore.

The Deadline for the Call for Papers for SoutheastCon 2021 has been extended. (https://attend.ieee.org/southeastcon-2021/wp-content/uploads/sites/213/Flyer-SEC_V5_deadline-extended.pdf) The new dates are now available on the conference website. Please visit our website at https://attend.ieee.org/southeastcon-2021/call-for-submission/call-for-papers/ to upload your papers to the EDAS portal.

The student hardware competition will still be a hardware competition. Teams will compete from their respective schools via live synchronous streaming.

Please take a moment to explore the SoutheastCon 2021 program at our website https://attend.ieee.org/southeastcon-2021/ and plan on joining us on our virtual journey next March.

September 29th, 2020

Region 3 Awards nomination deadline is December 1st.   Nominations, endorsements and evaluations are handled on-line at the Region 3 Awards and Recognition Portal. Please visit https://ieee.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/259/home today!  Nominating someone doesn’t take long.  Review the purpose of each award below, ask the nominee to help provide the information you need, and submit your nominations.  Feel free to contact me, the Region 3 Awards and Recognitions Chair, with your questions at R3-awards@ieee.org.

* Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award — Purpose: To recognize a member of Region 3 who, through technical and professional abilities, has made an outstanding contribution to the electrotechnology profession.

* Region 3 Outstanding Service Award — Purpose: To recognize a member of Region 3 who, through service to the Region and to the Institute, has made an outstanding contribution to the electrotechnology profession.

* Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award — Purpose: To recognize a member of Region 3 who has shared technical and professional abilities through teaching in industry, government, or in an institution of higher learning and in so doing has made an outstanding contribution to the electrotechnology profession.

* Daniel W. Jackson Award — Purpose: To recognize a Past Director who, through continuing service to the Region and to the Institute, has made exemplary contributions to the electrotechnology profession.

* Region 3 Professional Leadership Award — Purpose: To recognize a member of Region 3 for outstanding leadership efforts in achieving the professional aims of IEEE in the United States.

* Employer Professional Development Award — Purpose: To recognize an employer in Region 3 for outstanding contributions in advancing the professional development of employees.

June 16th, 2020

FedEx has agreed to host the RIA’s annual committee meetings, known as R15 week, at the FedEx Institute of Technology March, 2021 (tentative dates to correspond with the University of Memphis Spring Break – Mar 8 – 14)

Over 100 robot safety experts from the US and Canada will descend on to Memphis for a series of committee meetings. These meetings do allow for the public to sit in on, so we will set up seating in the top rows of the auditorium for those that want to sit in on the meetings can.

The committees that will be meeting during R15 week –

  • R15.06 Industrial Robot Safety Committee – this is the committee that sets US safety standards for Industrial Robots, mainly arms and their supporting equipment. This committee will be very busy as they work to make the new ISO 10218 Robot Safety Standard into the US standard.
  • R15.08 Industrial Mobile Robot Safety Committee – this is the committee that sets US safety standards for mobile robots in Industrial settings.
  • Standards Acceptance Committee (SAC) – this committee approves all robot safety standards for the US as they come out of their home committees.
  • US Technical Acceptance Group (US TAG) – this committee represents the US within the ISO Robotics Committee. They will be picking who will be the representatives for the upcoming ISO meetings in 2021. They will also set the US position when it comes to ISO standards. There are a bunch of new ISO standards in the pipeline that the US will need to set a position on during these meetings.
  • RIA-OSHA-NIOSH Alliance – this committee works to ensure the RIA, OSHA, and NIOSH are on agreement when it comes to robot safety from an enforcement position.

Please watch for more information…..

April 8th, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the PES Tour of the Millington Solar Farm has been canceled.

We hope to reschedule when things return to normal.

Stay well!

January 27th, 2020

Meet at the Millington Solar Farm for a tour of this new TVA 53-megawatt solar farm on April 10, 2020. Tour Starts at 3pm and should take aprox 45-90 min(students will be carpooling from UofM around 2:15).

RSVP will be posted closer to the event (check back here)

November 21st, 2019

Congratulations to Patrick McGinnis who will be the 2020-21 IEEE Memphis Section Chair. Patrick has been active as PACE Chairman, YP Chairman, and Vice Chair. He will take the reins in January.

We would like to thank Amy de Jongh Curry who has been our section Treasurer for her years of service. Frank Niedzwiedz will be taking on that roll in the coming year.

Are you interested in getting involved? We are still looking for professionals for the rolls of Secretary and Vice Chair. Please contact the webmaster at daniel.kohn@ieee.org.

November 21st, 2019

As part of its Engineers Week Activities, the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council sponsors a contest for Middle School and High School students. It is an opportunity for students to express their creativity and demonstrate their ingenuity by working on concept projects designed to improve our quality of life. In addition, it is an opportunity to enhance public speaking skills as students will make presentations to judges about their projects.

CONTEST LOCATION AND TIME:
Date: February 29, 2020
Time: Setup begins 9:00 a.m.; Judging begins 10:00 a.m.: Award Ceremony 11:30 a.m.
Location: Nabors Auditorium, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Macon Cove Campus, 5983 Macon Cove (I-40 at Sycamore View)

For full details see: https://mjecm.org/engineers-week/student-contest/

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November 21st, 2019

The twelfth Student-Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) 2019 was held on Friday, November 15, 2019, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception’s Marian Hall. Christine Fahey, Executive Director of Blockchain 901, gave a presentation on the “Blockchain901” and Rich Thompson, President of Memphis Makers, gave a presentation on “Memphis Makers.” IEEE Memphis Section and the CBU IEEE Student Branch hosted S-PAC 2019, and over 60 students and professionals attended S-PAC 2019. The program was organized by Conference Chairs, Jill Johnson (Interdisciplinary Studies ‘20), and Ian Dover (ECE ‘20), Website Chair, Sylvester Dzimiri (’21), and CBU IEEE Coordinator, Dr. John Ventura, PE, PS (‘65). Elizabeth Hays of Fisher Arnold and Chair of the Young Engineers of the Memphis Section of IEEE, Chair of the Memphis Section of IEEE, presented Jill Johnson, Ian Dover, and Sylvester Dzimiri the Award of Service from the Memphis Section of IEEE for their efforts in making the S-PAC a success. Steve Whatley (ECE ’20) was recognized for his award of $2,000 IEEE PES Scholarship. The S-PAC is a structured event where students interact with experienced engineers from diverse backgrounds. Hosted annually, the S-PAC (http://spac.ieeecbu.org/) brings together students and professionals from the Memphis Community where they have a chance to interact with professionals, through round table discussions. This year the round table discussions were on “Global Technology” and the “Memphis Community” ¬– Global Technology panelists: Ken Gendrich of Blockchain 901 and Methodist, Claudio Donndelinger of Aleph Objects, Ben Hoyt of FedEx Services, and Danny Thompson of Code Crew and The Google Community and Memphis Community panelists: David Hiltenbrand of SQLSaturday, Ibrahim Chum of The City of Memphis, Noah Vongphit of Wright Medical, and Joseph Johnson of Fisher Arnold. The sponsors of S-PAC 2019 were A2H, Blockchain 901, Fisher Arnold, Gadomski School of Engineering, Memphis Section of IEEE, Memphis Light, Gas and Water, Midsouth Makers, R&N Systems Design, Memphis Chapter of Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.

November 21st, 2019

IEEE Region 3 is pleased to announce two more offerings for its member-direct 2019 Fall Webinar Series.

** Saturday, November 23, 2019: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST — So you want to be an Entrepreneur? **

This talk explores some of the myths and misconceptions of a startup business and provides some personal advice. The talk addresses the early stages of forming a startup and is not a comprehensive guide but a primer on forming a startup and charting a course to success.

Working on a startup is a lot of work and requires dedication; there is no way around that fact. However, it is not necessarily arduous; because if you approach it with the proper strategy, it will be an exhilarating experience full of joy and personal growth. With the right level of expectations, and a clear view to the challenges ahead, working to start your own business is invigorating and rewarding.

Presenter: Richard Toftness

Register: Use the link (next) to register and receive connection information for the event.

https://ieeemeetings.webex.com/ieeemeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9dea3b15a80646ffc28c6ea2c75a89e4

** Thursday, December 5, 2019: 7:00 to 8:15 PM EST — How to Ace your next Technical Presentation **

The ability to give a great technical presentation is a powerful tool in business. During a career spanning over 30 years in the field of technology, Bob Swarner has seen many presentations; both good and bad. In this webinar, Bob Swarner, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and past Director for Toastmasters in South Carolina (D58), will share his proven tips and tricks to help you ace your next technical presentation!

Presenter: Bob Swarner

Register: Use the link (next) to register and receive connection information for the event.

https://ieeemeetings.webex.com/ieeemeetings/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4d88ef2d672d20bceafca298542b6488